Where it gets particularly curious is on the defensive line with Jones and the Super Bowl champions and Ngakoue and the rebuilding Jaguars. Ngakoue has done little to mince his words when it comes to letting it be known he’d like his days in Duval to be done. As for Jones, he’d like to be paid among the very elite at his position ”or I won’t play.”
With Jones, Ngakoue, Green and Simmons, the worry about a holdout remains until the tenders are signed, thoughts of Le’Veon Bell and lost seasons no doubt dancing through their general managers’ minds.
5. DE Taco Charlton
2020 salary cap hit: $825,000
KC • DE • 96
Yes, this is the same Taco Charlton who was a first-round bust with the Dallas Cowboys. Believe it or not, however, Charlton actually appeared to rebound last season with the Miami Dolphins. Although he played in just 10 games, Charlton finished as the Dolphins’ sack leader with five. He showed improvement during the 2019 season, which makes us think that he was worth the flier the Chiefs took on him. Fellow defensive end Frank Clark — who owns the highest cap number on the Chiefs in 2020 — said this offseason that he wants to turn Charlton into a legend. The two were actually college teammates at Michigan, so there is plenty of reason to be cautiously optimistic about this addition. Charlton is only 25, by the way.
Players care about their Madden ratings and how they change year in and year out. Additionally, being rated “99” is the highest honor a player can receive in the game, and you can bet it is an ego boost for the few who do earn that designation.
In Madden 21, there are four players who have the coveted “99” rating: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
“I think that’s a tribute to the coaches and them playing to the strengths of their players,” Mahomes said about the Chiefs’ coach. “And I think coach Reid does a great job of that, of playing to the strengths of all of us. Not just me, but [Travis] Kelce and Tyreek [Hill] and Sammy [Watkins] and all those guys. He plays to our strengths and if you look across the league, it’s not every single offense is the same. You see offenses like Baltimore, you see offenses like ours, you see San Francisco. All these offenses are playing to the strengths of their players and I feel like that’s why you see the success that the offenses are having of late.”
97) Frank Clark, DE, Kansas City Chiefs
If you talk the talk, you have to walk the walk. In dialing up eight sacks on his way to a Super Bowl run, it’s safe to say Frank Clark walked the walk. After racking up 32 sacks over three seasons in Seattle, Clark moved from the Pacific Northwest to the Kansas City Chiefs.
In his first season with the Chiefs, the former Michigan Wolverine linked up with Chris Jones to form one of the league’s toughest defensive line duos. With the pressure leveling up in the playoffs, Clark turned up the volume. Number 55 led the postseason with five sacks and ranked behind only San Francisco’s Nick Bosa for pressures with 17.
After a thrilling playoff run, Clark earned the number 97 spot in the PFN Top 100.
Smith even cast his mind back to 2019 when the Kansas City Chiefs reached the AFC Championships. At that time, the franchise’s defense left a lot to be desired and has been the case on a couple of occasions this year.
He insisted that he has a lot of faith in Patrick Mahomes, but there are a lot of factors that go into a Super Bowl-winning team.Additionally, Mahomes deserves every penny of that fat paycheck, called his 10-year contract. When he spoke to ESPN, Mahomes declared his intention to overhaul Brady’s Super Bowl tally.
He said, “I don’t know if there’s a number. I mean obviously you try to chase greatness, and Tom’s got six, so I’m going to try to do whatever I can to at least get to that number.
“I understand how hard that is, really, it’s a one of a kind thing for Tom to be able to get to nine Super Bowls and win six of them, and so I’m just going to go about the process every single day of trying to make myself better and do whatever I can to make the Kansas City Chiefs better.”
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The Washington Redskins will officially announce Monday morning that they will be changing their nickname, though no new name will be revealed just yet, a source confirmed Sunday night.
It had been widely expected that Washington would change its name, and one source said Saturday night that an announcement of a new name would come soon.
Sports Business Daily, which first reported Monday’s official announcement, reported that the new name would not be announced yet because trademark issues are pending.
Naming the team after the famed offensive linemen that helped power them to three Super Bowls in the 1980s and 1990s seems like an interesting idea and there’s already a built-in affinity for the name from the fanbase, but there is also far too much potential for ... different interpretations if you name a team the hogs. Can’t say I’d recommend this one. (Our own Michael Bohlin suggested the Warthogs, which was the name of Washington’s indoor soccer team, but if any variation of “Hogs” is going to win out, it’s probably the regular style, rather than the Warthogs.)
NFL Network’s Mike Silver reported that Freeman’s agent, Kristin Campbell, notified the free-agent running back that she’s terminating their relationship. Campbell notably negotiated the five-year, $41.25 million extension Freeman signed with the Falcons in 2017 that made him the highest-paid RB in the game.
Freeman, 28, still remains a notable name on the free agent market nearly four months after being released by Atlanta. A deal with the Seahawks in late May appeared imminent but talks fell through at the last minute, leading to Seattle’s decision to sign Carlos Hyde. Silver noted at the time that Freeman believed he was worth more than the one-year offer that was on the table. He was set to make up to $4 million on that deal.
The players held a call Friday, during which leadership said it would have more answers early next week.
Negotiations and counterproposals between the league and players have been taking place frequently with training camp a little more than two weeks away.
Players want testing every day and no preseason games, while the league wants testing less frequently than the players (such as every other day) and two preseason games.
Former Pats receiver Antonio Brown was involved in one of those grievances, stemming from his two-week stint with the franchise last season, Rapoport added. After being cut by the team in September due to allegations of sexual misconduct, Brown filed a grievance in October seeking his full $1 million base salary and $9 million signing bonus. Brown will now receive $5 million of his bonus while the other $4 million goes back to the team.
The other grievance involved the estate of late tight end Aaron Hernandez. Rapoport noted that Hernandez’s estate was seeking $6 million in total, but $3.45 million went to him and the remaining $2.55 million went back to the team. The NFLPA initially filed the motion on Hernandez’s behalf in October 2013.
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The two sides have until July 15 — this coming Wednesday — to come to terms on a long-term deal. Without a new Chiefs contract, Jones will have to play the 2020 season on the $16.1 million salary he’d receive on the franchise tag — if he decides to play at all.
The Chiefs would like to get a deal done in order to get some desperately-needed salary cap relief. A new deal with Jones — even at an average salary above $20 million per year — could easily be structured to reduce Jones’ 2020 cap hit in half. By our calculations, once the Chiefs sign their drafted rookies — none of whom have yet signed their deals — they’ll have only $1.8 million in cap space remaining; they’ll certainly want to have more wiggle room going into the 2020 season.
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